Planning and Development

We have a proven track-record helping landowners identify development opportunities and put together successful applications.

From minor changes of use of agricultural barns to multi-million pound residential and commercial building projects, we’ll navigate you through the process smoothly and speedily, avoiding costly delays and legislation breaches.

Our knowledge of biodiversity, farmland habitats and natural landscapes means we are perfectly placed to grasp a project’s ecological and environmental implications, suggest any necessary mitigation measures and present the most compelling case to the authorities.

It also means we are specialists in biodiversity net gain and natural capital.

Our services include

  • Planning applications and appeals
  • Permitted development and change of use
  • Initial appraisals
  • Residential and commercial premises
  • Infrastructure projects
  • Diversification (tourism, leisure and recreation)
  • Renewable energy
  • Greenfield and brownfield projects
  • Traditional and vernacular buildings (Grade I and Grade II)
  • Section 106 agreements
  • Strategic land promotion
  • Negotiation of option and promotional agreements
  • Certificates of Lawfulness (CLUED)
  • Removal and amendment of Agricultural Occupancy Conditions (AOC)
  • Viticulture and equestrian projects
  • Enforcement responses
  • Our specialist ecological services include
  • Preliminary ecological appraisals
  • Pre-acquisition assessments
  • Protected species surveys
  • BREEAM assessments
  • Mitigation planning and implementation
  • Biodiversity net gain strategies

“CLM has been supporting me for about 15 years with work as varied as share-farming agreements and converting farm buildings into offices. I rely on them mostly for strategic advice, where they add real value to my business. They’ve also opened the door on grant funding. It’s a fantastic relationship and the person I deal with most has become a friend. He’s really made the effort to get to know my family and our aspirations, which is a sign of a really top-class consultant.”

Tim Burrough


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